Influence of Display Transparency on Background Awareness and Task Performance

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings

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  • David Lindlbauer
    David Lindlbauer Technical University of Berlin
  • Klemen Lilija
    Klemen LilijaTechnical University of Berlin
  • Robert Walter
    Robert Walter Technical University of Berlin
  • Jörg Müller

It has been argued that transparent displays are beneficial for certain tasks by allowing users to simultaneously see on-screen content as well as the environment behind the display. However, it is yet unclear how much in background awareness users gain and if performance suffers for tasks performed on the transparent display, since users are no longer shielded from distractions. Therefore, we investigate the influence of display transparency on task performance and background awareness in a dual-task scenario. We conducted an experiment comparing transparent displays with conventional displays in different horizontal and vertical configurations. Participants performed an attention-demanding primary task on the display while simultaneously observing the background for target stimuli. Our results show that transparent and horizontal displays increase the ability of participants to observe the background while keeping primary task performance constant.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication34TH ANNUAL CHI CONFERENCE ON HUMAN FACTORS IN COMPUTING SYSTEMS, CHI 2016
Number of pages12
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2016
Pages1705-1716
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Event34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI4GOOD) - San Jose, Canada

Conference

Conference34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI4GOOD)
LandCanada
BySan Jose
Periode07/05/201612/05/2016

    Keywords

  • transparent displays, awareness, dual-task performance

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